News round- up - January

Written by Elena Collins on 28 January 2013

World Cities Network rounds-up January's leading news from around the world. This month's summary includes the World Economic Forum, what can Londoners expect from new Thames tunnel and should we build new cities at sea?

Should we build new cities at sea?

As the world population increases and cities become more populated every day, could building new cities entirely out at sea offer an alternative way of living?

Architects in the Netherlands are creating prototype neighbourhoods of sustainable floating houses which could withstand future flooding and environmentally friendly. 

Watch the video on the BBC website

Leaders without followers

World leaders have spent the last week in Swiss mountain resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, yet their credentials as global leaders look anything but resilient. The annual "Trust Barometer" survey published by Edelman, a public-relations firm, reports widespread scepticism about the ethics practised by political and business leaders.

Read full story in The Economist

Glasgow wins 'smart city' government cash

Glasgow has won a £24m UK government grant intended to make it one of the UK's first smart cities.

It will use the money on projects to demonstrate how a city of the future might work.They will include better services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check that buses and trains are on time. The council will also create an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections.Other services promised by the council include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.

Read the full story on the BBC website

What can Londoners expect from new Thames tunnel?

What could be the outcomes of a new car tunnel under the Thames linking deprived east and south London? Boris Johnson and TFL argue It would relieve congestion, allow people to cross London more easily, reduce journey times, encourage development, jobs, prosperity, flexibility, and even provide an alternative route between the Isle of Dogs with Greenwich. However the increase in traffic in London could detrimental to the health of its citizens. 

Read the full story in The Guardian 

Fighting Off the Car in Latin America

Curitiba, Brazil, and Bogota, Columbia are rightly famous for their world-changing bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and other urban transportation innovations, but other cities in Latin America are starting to give them a run for their money. Quito, Ecuador and Cali, Columbia, are now also becoming leaders in taking on the car in Latin America.

Read the full story on Sustainable Cities Collective

Categories: Design, Economy, Environment, Living, Glasgow, London, Rotterdam